Franken names consultant as office chief


Al Franken isn't sitting around while Norm Coleman continues to appeal the rulings that put Franken in a position to head to Washington, D.C. as Minnesota's next senator. Franken announced his second staff pick today, naming Drew Littman his chief of staff.

Littman is a Capitol Hill veteran was most recently running his consulting practice, Littman Associates. He was also an adjunct professor at American University.

"With his years of experience and his expertise in helping new Senators hit the ground running, Drew has become a trusted advisor and a valuable resource as I prepare to take office," said Franken in a statement. "I will continue to count on him as I work with Senators from both parties and the rest of our state's fantastic delegation to serve the people of Minnesota, make progress on President Obama's agenda, and move our country forward."

Littmann has been advising Franken on the transition to the Capitol and started his Capitol Hill career as a policy aide for then-Rep. Barbara Boxer.

"I'm honored and excited to join Senator-elect Franken in Washington. Over my long career, I have had the privilege to work with many elected officials and organizations who believed in the same vision Al Franken will work towards as a Senator," Littman said in a statement. "I know that Al Franken is ready to serve and that he will work hard on behalf of Minnesota's working families. And I can't wait to help him get started."